Welcome to The Beat’s crowdfunding round-up: a collection of some of our favorite campaigns from the week including one-shots, on-goings, anthologies and everything in-between. This week we’re checking out the romantic fairytale adventure, Wola, the gritty, anti-hero story, Cult Heroes, and more.

Let’s get started!

WOLA: Volume One


Creators: Payton Francis (creator), E.C. Ibes (creator)
Goal: $7,300
End date:  June 18, 2021
Goodies: Grab the PDF for $10, get the physical version for $25, or check out higher tiers for postcards, stickers, and more.

An LGBT fairytale adventure about love and loneliness. 

Wola is the colorful, fantastical romance story of Eelp, a half-giant woodworker, and Kalolo, a local fisherman. Soon after they meet, they find their personalities compliment each other: Eelp is solitary and anxious, but Kalolo’s laid-back nature makes him easy to be around. This first printed volume will collect the first five chapters, coming to 230-pages of story – and anyone on Tapas can read Wola now.

Become a backer here.

Cult Heroes: Issues 1-2

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Creators: Raymond Estrada (author)
Goal: $3,500
End date: June 11, 2021
Goodies: Get the digital version for $7, get the physical version for $15, or check out higher tiers for the first issue, variants, and additional comics.

A Comic Book Series About Killing Your Heroes.

“No heroes. Just Villains,” is the motto of this series – and it definitely lives up to it. For new readers, Cult Heroes is a story about people fed up with the abundance of self-proclaimed heroes. It’s a gritty, pulpy, horror story, fully-colored and coming in at 24-pages. This second entry is ready to hit the printers, and anyone looking to start from issue one can do so with this campaign.

Become a backer here.

The Vi Empire

vi empire

Creators: Mirawais Akbar (creator), Stuart Moore (writer), Val Semeiks (artist)
Goal: $12,000
End date: June 17, 2021
Goodies: Get the print version for $10, the digital version is $20, the hardcover is $40, and higher tiers include floppies, prints, and more.

A mysterious child. A grizzled veteran. A desperate hunt. A vampiric enemy. A galactic war. The collected edition of THE VI EMPIRE!

An old vet heads to Alaska to find isolation, but instead finds a child buried in the snow named Apollonia. As questions surrounding her origin arise, the two find themselves hunted by monsters and government alike, while an intergalactic war comes to a head. Vi Empire is a 144-page horror/sci-fi graphic novel, curated by seasoned comics writer Ron Marz.

Become a backer here.



Creators: Clara Meath (author)
Goal: $9,000
End date: June 18, 2021
Goodies: Grab a digital version for $5, go physical for $10, or check out higher tiers for thumbnails, variants, and more.

a short comic by clara meath

‘mother’47 is a heist story set in the midst of WWII Germany. A stranger busts his way into a Nazi facility home to a gruesome research project – and the manipulative scientist in charge of it all. Meath’s art is black and white and the comic itself is  47-pages of horror; a self-contained narrative for fans of the weird and dark. For more on this story, head over to the campaign and check out the 8-page preview. 

Become a backer here.

Zero Point Issue 0

zero point

Creators: George Todorovski (author)
Goal: $2,226
End date: June 17, 2021
Goodies: The PDF or the physical version of issue #0 are $9, add on issue #1 for $13, or check out higher tiers for additional copies, art books, and more.

13.77 Billion years in the making! Issue #0 Of The Sci-Fi Comic Book Series “Zero Point” by artist writer George Todorovski.

Zero Point is your destination for trippy sci-fi comics this week. Set a few decades after humans encounter aliens, it follows a scientist named Kaiden and his experiments with higher states of awareness and the ways that consciousness affects quantum fields. This comic is totally finished, so as soon as the Kickstarter campaign wraps, production and distribution will be ready to go.

Become a backer here.

Here are a few funded projects we love:

And don’t forget to check out last week’s projects: